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DYI Modular Safe Rooms Storm Shelters

Multipurpose Uses

As Storm Shelter

The main purpose of these units is to protect their occupants from violent and severe weather conditions such as tornados and hurricanes.

As A Panic Room 

Having a modular safe room in one’s home can help families provide increased safety to elders, young children, and other vulnerable family members in the unfortunate event of a burglary, home invasion, terrorism incident, or other unforeseen threat.

In such cases, just get inside the safe room; lock the door and call or wait for help.

All the units are bulletproof and can defend against class three shotguns and handguns (.38, 9 mm, .380, etc.).

According to Safe Guard The World Security Company, two million home burglaries are reported each year in the United States, with a home burglary occurring every 13 seconds.

Used As Safe Vault

In addition to offering personal protection, these units can be use as safe vaults or confident spaces for securing weapons, jewelry, or other important type of valuable household and business belongings. Locking feature: The shelters come with a Commercial Keypad lock –Grade Level 1. This is a security rating approval for building hardware from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). This rating (Grade Level 1) offers maximum security for exterior and interior doors. The lock functions with both, the keypad feature and a standard key.

This safe room is intended to be installed on existing homes (any room, closet, under the stairs, and or in the garage) on a concrete slab with 4” of thickness or more. If you have carpet or hardwood floor, please ask for 6” L anchor bolts. However, the shelters can also be installed on new houses after the concrete foundation is cured, and before the framing goes up. The best place for the unit will be a hidden closet in your master bedroom, under the stairs, or in a closet in your garage.

As a protective measure, our storm safe rooms are grounded by installing a cooper rod. We have never heard of anyone being struck by a thunder while being inside a storm shelter. However, if you must use the shelter during a thunderstorm, stand in the middle avoiding any contact with the metal structure.

Our modular shelters are equipped with four heavy-duty lock pins that fasten the door to its frame to ensure your safety. They come in a variety of sizes. Our most common stock sizes are 3’ x 5’, 3’ x 7’, 4’ x 6’ and 4’ x 8’. If you have a large family, and or need more room, Torshel can custom build a 6’ x 8’. The standard height of our shelter is 6’ 4”. Additional height is available up to 8’ for an additional fee.

How To Order

Torshel’s modular storm shelters come in panels of 12” and 6” wide. Measure the area where you want the shelter to be installed; make sure it is wide, long, and tall enough. Order your shelter at least 10 inches less in width and length to allow space to install the anchors and bolts. Pay special attention to the door location. Our doors are located 6” from the corner of the shelter. Or preferable, take pictures and draw the area on a paper, and send it to us via e-mail, so we can provide you with one or more options in sizes.

Shipping Available To The USA And Canada

This information is intended for homebuilders, and for DIY clients who have some construction skills and the right equipment. Torshel ships the safe rooms nationwide. The units come in a heavy-duty crate, 55 by 90” L by 20 H; weighting between 1,000 to 3,000 lbs., depending on the size ordered. Torshel has delivered safe rooms throughout various states – Arizona, Texas, New York, and Florida. 

Specifications

  • Exceeds FEMA 320, 361, and ICC 500 protocols.
  • Tested internally and by Texas Tech University.
  • Rated for EF5 tornadoes
  • 3/16″ Exterior Skin Steel Plate
  • Four heavy-duty corner columns, 2” x 3/8” rib frame every 12” and over 300 bolts.
  • 8” custom designed air vent.
  • 3/16″ Precision laser cut ADA compliant door with 2″ x 3.25″ x 3/16″ channel reinforcement, and 4 heavy-duty hinges.
  • Cast iron door handle or Commercial Keypad lock –Grade Level 1.
  • Door can open from inside or outside, and can be placed on any side of the shelter. Openings available: 28” and 33” (wheelchair accessible)
  • Bulletproof walls and windows.
  • Anchored with ¾” diameter x 4 ¾” – 10” L HILTI bolts, one every 12”, and each one with 10,000 pounds of uplift strength. HILTI Epoxy anchoring is also available.
  • Crank radio, flashlight and phone charger.
  • Battery powered LED light.
  • Grounded for lighting
  • One-day installation.
  • The safe room is portable; you can take it with you when you move.

Optional Features

  • Corefootings ($850, limited to units installed on garages)
  • Commercial keypad lock -Grade Level 1 ($200)
  • Removable benches  ($100)
  • Electrical box with a 3/4-inch hole ($50)

There are several options available to buy your shelter, including:

  • DIY – Choose or order a custom made unit, and we will ship it to you. It can be installed by two people with some experience in construction projects or hire a contractor to install it for you. Torshel will provide you guidelines, and a video on how to install it. Some tools needed will be a rotary hammer drill, 3/4 inch diameter by 6” or 7” concrete drill bit, 3 lb. hammer drilling, 3/4 inch wrench and a vacuum cleaner. The installation takes one day on average.
  • Installation included – Installation included anywhere in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Kentucky and Georgia. For sites located with 200 miles of the Jackson, MS, area there are no additional charges. This radius covers: Memphis, TN; Shreveport LA; New Orleans, LA; Hattiesburg, MS; Tuscaloosa and Birmingham, AL. If you live farther away, Torshel will deliver and install your shelter along the installation of other units within your area.

In addition, Torshel sends its teams to Dallas, Nashville, Atlanta, and Northeast Florida. If you live adjacent to these cities, Torshel can bring your shelter during its next trip. A low delivery fee ($200 to $500) may apply. Ask your family, neighbors, and friends, in case they would like to acquire a safe room also. There are no trip fees charged for two shelter units that are to be installed within a 100 miles radius of each other.